Baseball Sex Metaphors

Baseball Sex Metaphors

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Baseball Sex Metaphors refer to a method of explaining different types of sexual contact by comparing them to various baseball positions. The most well-known of these is the "base" system, which compares escalating levels of sexual contact to different bases on a baseball field, with "home" usually standing for sexual intercourse. The base system is often joked about in pop culture and online by people replacing the action that constitutes a specific "base" with something else.


According to books by Marty Jazer and Suzanne Romaine, the origin of sex-as-baseball metaphors can be traced to America post-World War II.[1] Generally, the bases are defined as follows:

  • First base: kissing, french kissing.
  • Second base: physical contact with breasts, over-the-pants stimulation of the genitals.
  • Third base: physical contact with genitals, oral sex.
  • Home: Sexual intercourse.

Other baseball/sex metaphors include "pitcher" and "catcher" for the giver and receiver of anal sex in gay sex between two men, "switch hitter" for bisexuals, and "playing for the other team" indicating a person is gay or a lesbian.


On January 17th, 2004, a definition for third base was posted to Urban Dictionary by user rarmeister describing it as making physical contact with another's genitals.

TOP DEFINITION third base The third degree of the everlasting sexual bases metaphor. The best way to remember them is of course, the four "F"s. French, Feel, Finger, F--- With his finger in Jenny's t---, he knew he had reached the coveted third base. by rarmeister January 17, 2004

The terms have been referenced in several media posts since the mid-2000s. In 2008, College Humor[3] ran a humorous piece defining "lesser-known" sex-baseball metaphors. In 2013, Cosmopolitan ran a piece of an "updated" baseball metaphor list, with each base representing far more graphic and detailed actions than the commonly-known list.[2] In 2015, Buzzfeed[4] ran an illustration detailing what all the baseball terms meant in terms of sex (shown below).

THE COMPLETE GLOSSARYTO BASEBALL-SEX TERMS FIRST BASE kissing SHORTSTOP dry humping SECOND BASE manual stimulation PITCHER'S MOUND performing a--- THIRD BASE oral CATCHER'S BOX a--- receiving LEFT FIELD d----------------- STRIKE ZONE between thigh & nipple CENTER FIELD water sports AWAY DUGOUT their bedroom HOME DUGOUT your bedroomm THE BULL PEN RIGHT FIELD sidehugging HOME BASE intercourse m----------- TRIPLE no foreplay, just immediate mouth to genitals TAGGING UP when you go backto making out after getting your roaming hand swatted away THIRD BASE COACH dirty talk SWITCH HITTER bisexual PLAYING FOR THE OTHER TEAM newly discovered love for d---/vagina CLEAN-UP BATTER that hottie everyone is jealous of because they always seal the deal DOUBLE PLAY the act of cockblocking two player scumbags ON DECK dude who is just waiting for you to breakup with your boo BENCHES CLEARING massive o--- BEANBALL c------ on the face JUICED on viagra XSTRIKEOUT three failed pick up lines PINCH HITTER the person vour crush goes home with after you've bought all of their drinks SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH when you gotta stop copulating because you got a cramp CALLED GAME when your mom walks in on you having sex BIG LEAGUES p--- stars BACKDOOR SLIDER accidental a---

There are numerous examples of the baseball/sex metaphor in pop culture. One of the most popular is the song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf, which describes a couple making out as a baseball announcer describes a player rounding the bases in a game (shown below, left). Another popular example comes from a joke about the bases from a trailer for the Netflix series Bad Samaritans, where a young girl humorously describes first base as "anal" (shown below, right). Screencaps of the scene were posted to Tumblr by user hooddoggy[5] and gained over 625,000 notes.

Third Base Is…

In the 2010s, a snowclone emerged on Twitter in which people offered humorous guesses as to what third base meant. An early example appeared on December 23rd, 2013, in which user @ColoradoUgly[6] defined third base as "one hand under the snuggie." The tweet gained 29 retweets and 83 likes (shown below).

Jocelyn Plums @ColoradoUgly Follow Third Base is a hand under the Snuggie. 11:37 AM-23 Dec 2013 3尽。@ 29 Retweets 83 Likes

The snowclone grew more popular in the following years, as people offered more absurd definitions of third base. On January 17th, 2018, Twitter user @electrasam[7] gave the definition, "third base is when you tell them about your one direction stan years," gaining over 30,000 retweets and 85,000 likes (shown below, left).

samantha @electrasam Follow third base is when you tell them about your one direction stan years 12:01 AM-17 Jan 2018 30,140 Retweets 85,052 Likes 318 30K 85K Greg Sheffer @gsheffr Follow third base is when u get wine drunk and ball out at the dollar section in Target 9:42 PM 11 Jan 2018

Various Examples

ellie @holy_schnitt Follow third base is the first time he sees you cry because Lucky by Britney Spears was a thinly veiled cry for help and no one noticed and that's why the 2007 breakdown happened 11:29 PM - 17 Jan 2018 meh @bonehugsnirony Follow First base is hating the same things. Second base is connecting with them on another level. Third base is establishing contact with an alien civilization and following their instructions. 11:56 AM-16 Jan 2018 thesilentequestrian quietequestrian Follow Third base is getting the horse properly engaged behind and Not just yanking their head down with too much bit 10:51 AM-19 Jan 2018 strawberry nut @redmilklover Follow Third base is when they know about ur trauma and anxiety 7:46 PM 17 Jan 2018 egg @emmaggarland Follow third base is connecting to their wi-fi 5:12 AM-17 Jan 2018 22 Retweets 172 Likes very weird bug ◇A, @MomOnABudget- Follow third base is the IKEA date 7:23 PM -14 Jan 2018 紗0 0 ● O @ U 20 Retweets 96 Likes

First Base: Sex

In July of 2018, baseball sex metaphors again began trending on Twitter as people wrote parodies of the traditional definitions, making first base "sex" and the other bases increasing levels of emotional intimacy. One of the earliest known tweets to spread the meme was posted by user @suuuuuunshine on July 16th, 2018. While the tweet has since been deleted, it was cited by Mashable.[7]

1st base: sex 2nd base: hitting each other up when the sun is out 3rd base: sharing childhood trauma home run: verbally expressing romantic interest - w (@suuuuuunshine) July 16, 2018

The snowclone continued spreading on Twitter over the following week, spawning several popular examples. User @princesslysi posted an example which gained over 7,500 retweets and 26,000 likes (shown below, left). User @xhastalamuerte gained over 5,400 retweets and 25,000 likes for her example posted July 17th (shown below, right). The popularity of the jokes led to coverage from Mashable[7] and[8]

Follow @princesslysi first base: sex second base: forehead kisses third base: making you playlists homerun: caring about your mental health 7:23 PM -21 Jul 2018 hispanic pixie dream girl @xhastalamuerte Follow First base: sex Second base: actually hanging out again Third base: seeing me cry Fourth base: unconditional love & support 11:19 AM -17 Jul 2018 from Houston, T

Various Examples

1 Follow @sxmmie first base: sex second base: sharing music third base: sharing ugly childhood photos fourth base: hanging out during the day time 6:21 AM - 19 Jul 2018 JSTJosh @JoshJST Follow first base: sex second base: good morning texts third base: singing in the car together homerun: meeting their family 5:05 PM-23 Jul 2018 jaboukie young-white @jaboukie Following first base: watching their instagram stories and replying* second base: third base: home run: 5:52 PM-22 Jul 2018 saltlick @saltlickoh Follow first base: actually texting back second base: sending pics of my dogs third base: sending demos that are vaguely about the person home run: meeting up in a neutral location once & being awkward the whole time 11:14 AM-18 Jul 2018 Rock Lee Follow @scwhorepio First base: sex Second base: me getting too attached and smothering you Third base: you break up with me 4:22 AM 22 Jul 2018 ashlee V @ashleesummerr Follow first base: sex second base: talking about anime third base: watching anime together home run: watching 700+ episodes of naruto together 6:06 PM -20 Jul 2018

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Reminds me of the TED talk that had a fat guy complaining about sports based metaphors for sex, and proposing pizza based metaphors instead. Not a hint of self awareness either.


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